Monarch Human Performance Podcast
By John Psyllas
Monarch Human Performance PodcastOct 08, 2021
Kosta Telegadas (Solvere): Strength and conditioning within fighter pilots.
** The views expressed in this episode are those of Kosta Telegadas and do not represent those of the Department of Defence or its contractors**
Kosta Telegadas currently serves as a strength and conditioning coach for the United States Air Force fighter pilots working on the Optimizing Human Weapons Systems (OHWS) contract. Prior to his role in the tactical setting, Coach Telegadas got his undergraduate degree in Kinesiology with a concentration in exercise science from Longwood University and his Master’s of Exercise Physiology with a concentration in Strength and Conditioning from The University of Miami (FL).
Telegadas has held several intern coaching roles at Longwood University, Liberty University & Virginia Commonwealth University. During his Master’s program, he served as the graduate assistant strength and conditioning coach for all Olympic sports at The University of Miami. After graduating with his Master’s Degree. Kosta worked for EXOS in Detroit, Michigan where he headed all coaching operations for youth, college, professional, general population & tactical athletes.
Outside of work, Coach Telegadas runs Telegadas Performance Training for his online clients, presents educational curriculums for O2x Human Performance, writes articles for various blogs & leads S&C workshops for the Wounded Warrior Project. In his spare time, Kosta competes in Brazilian jiu-jitsu, goes to Washington DC for sporting events & loves to hang out with his dog Lilly.
In this episode Kosta talks about:
- What his day-to-day role looks like.
- How he is addressing the demands placed on fighter pilots from an S&C perspective.
- How he is tracking performance within the squadron.
You can follow Kosta on social media via his Instagram page or reach out to him directly via email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Dr Matt Stainer (Griffith University): Eye tracking and performance.
Dr Matt Stainer is a Cognitive Scientist working at Griffith University. He completed his PhD in Cognitive Psychology at the University of Dundee in Scotland, before taking Post-doctoral positions at the University of Melbourne and the University of Aberdeen. He is broadly interested studying cognitive processes 'in the wild' and has applied his research skills to understanding questions like how CCTV operators manage complex control rooms, how individuals drive under-the-influence, how elite athletes reach peak performance and how emergency responders make medical decisions.
In this episode Matt talks about:
- Threshold limits for information processing.
- Factors that influence processing tasks.
- Differences between novice and experienced practitioners.
- Stack overflow - coding platform
- Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) Therapy: Basic Principles, Protocols, and Procedures by Shapiro
Dr Shawn Eagle (University of Pittsburgh): Traumatic Brain Injury
Shawn R. Eagle, PhD, joined the faculty of the Department of Neurological Surgery at the University of Pittsburgh in January of 2022 as a Research Assistant Professor. Dr. Eagle has collaborated on Department of Defense (DoD) funded research through the University of Pittsburgh since 2013. He began focusing on TBI in 2015 when he began his doctoral studies at the University of Pittsburgh’s Neuromuscular Research Laboratory. Dr. Eagle extended his studies as a postdoctoral fellow in the UPMC Sports Medicine Concussion Clinic from 2019 to 2021. His research interests are currently focused on mitigating risk for long-term sequelae following traumatic brain injury, with a specific focus on mental health issues.
Dr. Eagle has published over 80 papers in refereed journals and presented his research at local, national and international scientific conferences.
In this episode Shawn talks about:
- Where is research into TBI came from.
- How research is impacting TBI rehab.
- Key biomarkers in TBI patients for long-term health.
- Mental health in TBI patients.
You can follow Shawn through social media at:
LinkedIn: Shawn Eagle
Research Gate: Shawn Eagle
Or you can contact Shawn directly via email - email@example.com
Kevin Malahy (CFMWS): Support and reconditioning within Canadian forces.
Kevin has over 17+ years of experience in strength & conditioning/personal training, with a specialization in Tactical populations and combat sports athletes.
Kevin currently works for Canadian Forces Morale and Welfare Services (CFMWS) Personnel Support Programs (PSP). His current role is Fitness Coordinator at the 3rd Canadian Division Support Base in Edmonton where he oversees the development and delivery of fitness- and performance-related programs provided by Personnel Support Programme to the Canadian Armed Forces members including Unit PT and annual fitness testing. Kevin’s extra duties include being the Chief Official for Grappling in the Canadian Armed Forces, co-founder of the National Strength and Conditioning Associations first ever Combat Sports Special Interest Group alongside UFC Performance Institutes’s Duncan French, and a Committee Member to Edmonton’s Combative Sports Commission.
In this episode Kevin talks about:
- His current role.
- How he integrates reconditioning into returning soldiers to their unit.
- His screening and testing procedure within Canadian forces.
You can follow Kevin via Linkedin
Dr Mike Simpson (Greybeard Performance): Honed - finding your edge over 40.
Best known for his role as an investigator on the History Channel's docu-reality series Hunting Hitler, Mike Simpson has served over three decades in the military as an Airborne Ranger, a Green Beret, and a doctor of emergency medicine assigned to the Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC).
Trained as a demolitions expert, SWAT sniper, high altitude low opening (HALO) parachutist, civilian paramedic, Special Forces medic, operations and intelligence sergeant, and board-certified emergency medicine physician, Mike now uses his extensive knowledge of training and medicine to help men over forty achieve peak physical condition. He is the author of the bestselling book “Honed: Finding Your Edge As A Man Over 40” and is the founder of Greybeard Performance.
In this episode Mike talks about:
- His decision to join the Military.
- His transition from 18D to medical school.
- How his training and well-being have evolved over the decades.
- Advice for the older combat athlete.
You can also pick up a copy of his book - Honed: Finding Your Edge as a Man Over 40
Mark White (S.A.R Human Performance): Addressing operational gaps in organisations.
** The views expressed in this episode are those of Mark White and do not represent those of the Department of Defence or USAF**
Mark White currently provides subject matter expertise in support of human performance topics related to respiratory exercise physiology, aerospace and operational physiology and military operational performance. Pertinent positions comprise of a Human Performance Scientific, Engineering and Technical Advisory supporting Office of Naval Research’s, Expeditionary Maneuvers’ Warrior Resilience program, as the Human Performance Research Manager for Head Quarter’s Air Force Special Operations Command under the Command Surgeon’s office, and a Research Respiratory Physiologist within the Air Force Research Laboratory’s, 711th Human Performance Wing Directorate, School of Aerospace Medicine’s (USAFSAM), Aeromedical Research Branch. In addition, he served honorably in U.S. Air Force as an Aerospace & Operational Physiologist (A&OP) at Brooks City-Base (a.k.a. Brooks AFB, TX) at USAFSAM as Chief, A&OP Operations at the A&OP Training Unit and then as Officer in Charge, Research Operations for the Operating Location – USAFSAM, Lackland AFB. Academic achievements consist of earned B.S. and M.S. degrees with current progress towards the completion of a Ph.D. in Human & Sports Performance.
Over a 20-year career, Mr. White’s professional background spans the spectrum from work-related physical ability testing, application of occupational physiology, and collegiate coursework curriculum and instructional development. He holds current memberships within the following professional organizations; International Society for Mountain Medicine (ISMM), Aerospace Medical Association (AsMA), American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM), National Strength & Conditioning Association (NSCA), and United States Weightlifting Association; with certifications as NSCA’s Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) and Tactical Strength and Conditioning Facilitator (TSAC-F) plus USAW’s Level 1 Sport Performance Coach (L1SP). Mr. White’s strategic intent for career development is to continue his professional work regarding human performance in military operations with continued efforts to complete a doctorate degree. Ultimately, Mark’s professional goal will culminate with the establishment of a laboratory that contributes research to the current body of knowledge in respiratory exercise physiology, environmental physiology, stress science, and occupational work physiology as it pertains to human performance; specifically, towards our U.S. Armed Forces “warfighters”.
In this episode Mark talks about:
- How he is assisting organizations to address operational gaps.
- Influencing SOP's in human development.
- Preparing candidates for arduous pipelines.
Meditations Marcus Aurelius
Richard Sutherland (4D Peak Performance): Leadership in performance teams.
** The views expressed in this episode are those of Richard Sutherland and do not represent those of the Royal Air Force or Ministry of Defence **
Rich Sutherland is a former Royal Marine Commando. Also, he is currently a serving military Physiotherapist Officer that is in an executive leadership role as the Officer Commanding Rehab Division at Defence Medical Rehabilitation Centre Stanford Hall. He is also the professions lead for 38 full time and reservist RAF physiotherapists.
He is also a leadership development consultant outside of the military and will be launching a leadership coaching programme in early 2022 to help AHPs, doctors and dentists develop their personal, professional and leadership skills.
In this episode Richard talks about:
- His leadership style and how he manages 160 AHP.
- How he tracks performance and holds people to account.
- Advice for individuals in or transitioning into leadership/management roles.
Dr Brian Schilling (UNLV): Tactical Research.
Brian Schilling is a professor at UNLV in the Department of Kinesiology and Nutrition Sciences. He teaches courses in research methods, scientific writing; communication, and military/first responder human performance. Dr. Schilling earned his master’s in exercise science from Appalachian State University in 1999, and his Ph.D. in biology from the University of Memphis in 2004. He is the current Editor-in-Chief of the NSCA Tactical Strength & Conditioning Report. His research focuses on the physical demands among military, law enforcement, fire, and rescue personnel, and also how to best train to meet these demands. He has an extensive publication record, with over 130 papers in the field of human performance.
In this episode Brian talks about:
- His research background and how he got involved in tactical research.
- Impact of load carriage on respiratory function.
- The impact of blood donation on performance.
Competitive science: is competition ruining science? Ferric C Fang and Arturo Casadevall
Sgt Major (Ret) Sebastian Lavoie (Raven Strategic Inc.): Mindset and adapting to conflict.
Sebastian Lavoie is the former Divisional Sgt Major for the province of British Columbia. A 20 year Royal Canadian Mounted Police Veteran, he spent 12 years as a member of the Lower Mainland District Emergency Response Team (full time SWAT), 7 years as a Team Leader. Sebastian is also an entrepreneur and is currently involved in several business ventures. He is the CEO of Raven Strategic Inc. a consultation company specialising in performance coaching and leadership training. He is a Brazilian Jiujitsu Black Belt and Co owner of Ascension Martial Arts in Port Coquitlam BC. Sebastian has been featured in the documentaries “Sheepdog CrossFit Murph a Tribute to humanity” and Survival TV “A police perspective”.
In this episode Seb talks about:
- His career in law enforcement.
- The importance of mindset in law enforcement and bjj.
- Current demands placed on officers and how this is impacting training.
- leadership in special tactic units.
Dr Mark Abel (University of Kentucky): Firefighting Research
Mark Abel, Ph.D., CSCS*D, TSAC-F*D is an Associate Professor and Director of the First Responder Research Laboratory in the Department of Kinesiology and Health Promotion at the University of Kentucky. Dr. Abel conducts research to improve the safety, health, and occupational readiness of firefighters and law enforcement officers. He has authored more than 50 peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters on tactical topics. He also teaches undergraduate courses in Strength and Conditioning and graduate courses in High Performance Coaching and Tactical Strength and Conditioning. He has served as a firefighter. He received the National Strength and Conditioning Association’s (NSCA) Tactical Strength and Conditioning Practitioner of the Year Award and Senior Investigator Grant to conduct research on firefighters. He served as an inaugural member of the NSCA’s Tactical Strength and Conditioning – Facilitator (TSAC-F) Certification Exam Development Committee and the TSAC-Special Interest Group. He has served as a contributor and reviewer for the TSAC Report for 7 years. Dr. Abel also owns Tactical Fitness Institute, LLC which develops legally defensible physical ability standards for fire departments and law enforcement agencies.
In this episode Mark talks about:
- His journey from Firefighter, to coach to academic.
- Perceived vs measured aerobic fitness levels and fire ground performance.
- The influence of age on firefighter occupational performance.
You can contact Mark via email at: firstname.lastname@example.org; email@example.com; or you can follow him on social media via Linkedin.
Dr Adam Potter and Dr David Looney (USARIEM): Physiological strain and the warfighter.
Dr. Potter is a Research Physiologist and Deputy Chief of the Biophysics and Biomedical Modeling Division (BBMD), at the U.S. Army Research Institute of Environmental Medicine (USARIEM). Prior to working at USARIEM, he spent a number of years in clinical research (drug and device trials). He is U.S. Marine Corps veteran. He earned his bachelor of arts (BA) in psychology at Cambridge College, a Master of Business Administration (MBA) and Master of Science (MS) in Sports and Health Sciences at American Military University, and his doctor of philosophy (PhD) in Biomedical and Health Informatics (concentration in nanomedicine and clinical informatics) at Rutgers University. His research portfolio spans across the applied sciences, from thermal manikin testing, to the cutting-edge of product development (e.g., computer-based decision aids, wireless communications, and wearable sensors). His current scientific focuses include: 1) individualized mathematical modeling of thermoregulatory responses to clothing, environment, activities, with the inclusion of components for rest and recovery, 2) studies of metabolic costs over complex terrain, 3) application of mathematics in integrative physiology, and 4) innovative approaches to assessing human body composition. Dr. Potter has authored over 90 scientific publications (manuscripts, government reports) as well as over 100 research presentations, abstracts, and invited lectures. He serves on several editorial boards and is currently Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Sport and Human Performance (JSHP).
Dr. David P. Looney is a Research Physiologist in the Biophysics and Biomedical Modeling Division at the US Army Research Institute of Environmental Medicine (USARIEM). Dr. Looney earned his BS in Nutritional Sciences at the University of New Hampshire before obtaining his MS and PhD in Exercise Science at the University of Connecticut. He has developed numerous predictive models for the Department of Defense including metabolic cost equations for the US Army Load Carriage Decision Aid (LCDA), formulae for determining body surface area of modern US Army personnel, as well as a novel core body temperature estimation method. He is also a National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) certified strength and conditioning specialist (CSCS). His research interests include biomedical modeling, exercise physiology, tactical strength and conditioning, and human performance optimization. Dr. Looney has authored over 60 scientific articles as well as over 50 research presentations, abstracts, and invited lectures.
In this episode we chat about:
- The current research of physiological strain and how this impacting the modern war fighter.
- How this research is impacting equipment design.
- How body composition impacts physiological strain.
You can contact Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Jeffrey Johnson (Austin Public Safety Wellness): A career of service.
Jeff Johnson is a retired Marine with over two decades of experience working with and training all manner of athletes and tactical personnel. He earned a BS in Health Promotion and Strength and Conditioning Coaching from the University of Texas at Austin and maintains several other fitness, performance, and business certifications. Jeff currently works as a Fitness Specialist for The Austin Public Safety Wellness Center where he continually works to create a comprehensive entry level physical training program for Austin Fire Department and Austin/Travis County EMS cadets. He is also working to improve the return to work process and believes the longer members are on a restricted duty status, the higher the risk they will have a negative experience that they will avoid in the future. Jeff hopes to create a more streamlined and holistic approach using an interdisciplinary team with the intentional inclusion of behavioural health professionals.
Serving others is a lifetime calling for Jeff, and he is grateful for any opportunity to do so.
In this episode Jeff talks about:
- His career in the Marine Corp and transitioning to Austin FD.
- The structure and the delivery of the wellness programme within Austin Public Safety and Wellness Centre.
- How he sees the programme expanding.
Captain (Ret) Luke Sinnott: Post Traumatic Growth.
Luke Sinnott is a retired British Army Captain who served with the Royal Engineers. He was injured by an explosive device on the 20th Nov 2010 while working as a Royal Engineer Search Adviser (RESA) in Afghanistan. He lost both legs above the knee and suffered multiple lacerations to his body and limbs. Luke has accelerated his recovery from injury through the use of Sport and has represented his Country in Athletics both for Great Britain and the Armed Forces team at the Invictus Games. As well as being a World Class Athlete, Luke is also a pilot and trustee for Flying for Freedom (www.flyingforfreedom.org) where he uses flying to help rehabilitate other Veterans. Luke is also a lead member of the Veterans Gateway (www.veteransgateway.org) and is working to make support for veterans better and easier to access.
In this episode we talk about:
- His path to commissioning in the British Army.
- His injury and rehabilitation pathway.
- His route from sailing in to British Athletics.
Dr Chris Frankel (Beaverfit): Developing facilities for the human weapons system.
Chris Frankel is head of performance at BeaverFit USA, the leaders in outdoor fitness solutions. Frankel is focused on building upon BeaverFit’s success in the military creating durable, effective outdoor training solutions, and to continue applying lessons from his career to optimize equipment design and performance training for commercial facilities and end users of all kinds. Frankel earned his doctorate in health, exercise, and sports science from the University of New Mexico and has developed and delivered evidence-based fitness education worldwide.
In this episode Chris talks about:
- His journey through coaching, academia and education.
- His role at BeaverFit USA.
- Creating a learning environment in coaching.
You can check out BeaverFit USA by visiting their Website: https://www.beaverfitusa.com or on social media at:
YouTube: BeaverFit USA
Dr Phil Wagner (Sparta Science): Movement diagnostic software.
Dr. Phil Wagner is the Founder and CEO of Sparta Science. After receiving his medical degree from USC, Phil was frustrated by the lack of evidence-based approaches to performance and injury prevention within Sports, the Military, and Occupational Health. It was this lack of evidence-based practices that inspired him to create Sparta Science. #MovementDoctor
Sparta Science is the leader in the application of movement diagnostic software. Using Force Plate Machine Learning™ (FPML™), the Sparta System identifies how you move (your Movement Signature) and provides individualized, evidence-based plans to help you move better at work, at play, on duty.
In this episode Phil talks about:
- His journey from strength and conditioning to medicine.
- The mission of Sparta Science.
- How movement data is helping to inform injury risk and performance in the tactical environment.
You can find out more about Sparta Science by checking out their Website: https://spartascience.com or on social media at:
Dr Sandy MacQuarrie (Griffith University): Paramedic Wellness.
Alex (Sandy) MacQuarrie is a transplanted Canadian trained to the level of Critical Care Paramedic (flight). He has worked in paramedicine since 1993 in urban, rural, and remote environments including helicopter emergency medical services (HEMS) and senior management positions. He has a Bachelor of Science, a Master of Business Administration and recently completed a PhD. Currently, he is Senior Lecturer at the School of Medicine at Griffith University on the Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia. A passion for exploring paramedic wellness led him to conduct doctoral research in cooperation with New South Wales Ambulance Service in a truly unique collaboration. He also has over 20 years as a firefighter in suburban and rural settings in three Canadian provinces and one Australian state. Current research interests include the physiological response to stress in emergency services providers and others.
In this episode we talk about:
- His move from Canada to Australia.
- The current health status of Australian paramedics.
- Work to improve paramedic wellness and resilience.
- Where his research focus is going next.
Dr Oliver Hamlet (Axiom Human Factors): Non-Technical Skill Utilisation in Search and Rescue.
Dr Oliver Hamlet is a human factors consultant with a PhD in organisational psychology / human factors from the University of Aberdeen, where he is also a member of the Applied Psychology and Human Factors research group. Oliver has studied psychology for over 11 years, and has 6 years of experience conducting research into human factors, the majority of which focusing on dynamic high-risk environments such as helicopter search and rescue operations.
In early 2021, Oliver completed a PhD exploring the non-technical skills utilisation of offshore transport and search and rescue helicopter crews, the findings of which were used to develop novel human factors training mechanism for helicopter pilots, known as HeliNOTS systems. The HeliNOTS systems have since been recognised for their substantial impact by academia and industry alike. His research has also been used to develop a taxonomy of factors which influence non-technical skills in the sector.
Oliver is passionate about furthering the relationship between academic research and real-world practice, and alongside his human factors consultancy continues his research to identify and train the skills which facilitate high-level human performance.
In this episode we talk about:
- What non-technical skills are and their importance to performance.
- The development of HeliNOTS.
- Positive and negative markers within non-technical skills.
- The development and future research around cognitive readiness.
You can contact Oliver directly at Oliver@axiomhumanfactors.com or follow him via social media on Linkedin.
Jim McDonald: Promoting health and fitness within the fire service.
Jim McDonald is a professional strength and conditioning coach with 18 years’ experience and a career firefighter for the last 6 years. He graduated from Iowa State University in 2005 with his Bachelor of Science in Exercise Sport Science and Minor in Spanish. He holds his Certified Personal Trainer (CPT), Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) and Tactical Strength Coach Facilitator (TSAC-F) certifications from the NSCA. He is a professional member of the National Strength and Conditioning Association and serves as an Advisory Board member for the State of Colorado. His mission and goal is to help affect positive change in the fire service by using his passion and experience in strength and conditioning to help educate and spread knowledge of health and wellness and strength and conditioning to the Tactical/fire community. He writes, presents and is frequently a guest on podcasts to help educate and spread his passion in the industry.
In this episode Jim talks about:
- His varied career from performance sport, to corporate wellness and the Fire service.
- The biggest errors in firefighters training programmes.
- Creating change within the fire department.
You can contact Jim directly via email at email@example.com or follow him via social media on Linkedin
Captain Michelle Jilek (USAF): Keeping fighter pilots airborne.
*The views expressed in this episode are those of Captain Michelle Jilek and do not represent those of the United States Air Force or the Department of Defence* Captain Michelle “Twitch” Jilek is an embedded Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) within the 1st Fighter Wing at Langley Air Force Base, Virginia, USA. Captain Jilek developed one of the first-ever unique active duty embedded DPT position in the United States Air Force to offer services specifically for fighter pilots within their own squadrons on the flightline. She has been working closely with Air Combat Command in developing the Optimizing Human Weapon System (OWHS) program for fighter pilots, and works closely with contract personnel including Athletic Trainers, Strength Coaches, and Licensed Massage Therapists. Captain Jilek specializes in treating high G-induced spine injuries in fighter pilots, and is currently developing research projects to reduce the chance of high G injuries sustained in F-22s and other fighter aircraft. Captain Jilek graduated from University of New Mexico School of Medicine with her Doctorate in Physical Therapy in 2017, completed an orthopedic residency in 2019, and became a board certified Orthopedic Clinical Specialist (OCS) in 2020. She has conducted award-winning research in spine and shoulder, and has been using her special skills for the United States Air Force since 2018 when she commissioned.
In this episode we talk about:
- Common Injuries within fighter pilots.
- Setting up an embedded performance programme within a fighter pilot squadron.
- Her prehab and rehab process.
- How she is tracking performance.
High G flight by David Newman
Movement Impingement syndromes by Shirley Sahrmann
Career detail about becoming a PT in the USAF
Current Concepts Physical Therapy Courses
You can contact Michelle Directly via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or via social media on Linkedin Keep up to date with Monarch Human Performance via our website, Facebook and Instagram pages.
Ryan Carroll (Bridge Athletic): Using data to inform performance.
Ryan Carroll is the Director of Tactical and Elite Sport at Bridge Athletic where he serves as an educator, podcast host, and business development lead for the company's numerous tactical and elite sport partners. He has extensive experience in multiple areas of strength and conditioning having most recently worked with an Air Force Special Operations Unit. He has also worked in professional baseball with the Chicago White Sox and Colorado Rockies, and at the collegiate level with Loyola University Chicago and the University of Tennessee.
In this episode we talk about:
- His role at Bridge Athletic.
- How organisations are using data to inform decisions.
- How the culture within the tactical space is changing to become more data driven.
Dr. Jay Dawes (Oklahoma State University): Building the link between academia and industry.
Jay Dawes PhD, CSCS,*D, NSCA-CPT*D , TSAC-F, FNSCA, is an Associate professor of Applied Exercise Science in the Department of Kinesiology, Health and Recreation at Oklahoma State University. Dr. Dawes has worked as a university athletic performance coordinator, strength/performance coach, personal trainer, and educator for approximately 20 years. His primary research interests is focused on improving the health, fitness and human performance for the tactical athletes/first responder, as well as sport.
He was also recognised as the 2021 Tactical Professional of the year by the NSCA.
In this episode he talks about:
- How he became involved within the tactical profession.
- Setting up the OSU Tactical fitness and nutrition lab.
- How academics can build relationships with organisations.
- His research interests within the tactical profession.
Andrew Bell (University of Southern Queensland): Operational Cognitive Readiness.
Andy is a lecturer in Paramedicine at the University of Southern Queensland, and has been working in the higher education space for the past 8 years. He spent 14 years working for the Queensland Ambulance Service as an on road paramedic and prior to that had careers in exercise science, physical education and outdoor education settings in his native New Zealand and around the world. Currently working towards a PhD investigating the evolution of the professional paramedic education paradigm, he also leads a multi-disciplinary team of researchers looking at operational cognitive readiness as a physiological and psychological nexus for operators in high threat environments.
In this episode Andy talks about:
- His career path in to paramedicine.
- Training and education frameworks.
- Stress inoculation in paramedics.
- The use of Virtual reality in the training of paramedics.
- Developing operational cognitive readiness.
Dr Eric Kinney: Wellness professional in fire and rescue.
Eric Kinney is a former Captain in the U.S. Army. An initial goal of serving a full military career took a turn when Eric experienced a series of injuries that gave him the opportunity to speak with his Battalion physical therapist and thus steering him in a new career direction. He holds a bachelor’s degree in criminology from Eastern Michigan University and a Doctor of Physical Therapy Degree from University of Michigan. He currently works in an outpatient sports orthopaedic setting as well as working with local fire and police departments and training academies.
In this episode Eric talks about:
- His military experience.
- PT school.
- Working with firefighters and getting involved with Wellness professionals in fire and rescue.
Joseph Alemany (KBR): Providing solutions to tactical organisations.
Joseph Alemany is a Solutions Architect for KBR’s Government Solutions U.S. business. In his current role, he is the strategist and technical expert on human performance and associated technology for business development. His expertise is utilized to drive business development, monitor market conditions and project market trends, and foster relationships with industry leaders in the health and human performance domain.
Joe received his undergraduate degree in Exercise Physiology from the University of Massachusetts. He also holds a graduate degree from the University of South Carolina in Exercise Science (Applied Physiology) during which, Joe was the program manager for the most comprehensive assessment of physical activity during U.S. Army initial entry training.
His formal training spans ~20 years from various assignments in and out of uniform at the U.S. Army Research Institute of Environmental Medicine, Performance Physiology Division; Army Public Health Center, Injury Epidemiology Directorate; and Defence Health Agency, Research and Development Directorate. He also serves in the U.S. Army National Guard as a clinical laboratory coordinator. Having these diverse experiences in escalating roles & responsibilities allows him to see the health and human performance space from the tactical, operational and strategic level.
Joe has been published in leading peer-reviewed scientific journals and U.S. governmental reports and has been invited to speak at several national and internal conferences. His research is soldier-centric and has ranged in scope from characterizing and intervening on physiological perturbations during military operational stress to development for the new Occupational Physical Assessment Test (OPAT) and Army Combat Fitness Test (ACFT) and its relation to health outcomes. In additional to traditional scientific R&D initiatives, Joe has provided evidence-based policy support to provide solutions to enterprise-wide physical performance policy and body composition standards in the Department of Defence.
In this episode Joe talks about:
- His journey in to the Military.
- His move to KBR.
- What KBR are doing to help enhance tactical organisations.
- Some of the emerging themes in the tactical space.
- Some of the challenges and opportunities within the tactical space.
Hunter Schurrer (The Performance Syndicate): A Decade of Working with Special Forces.
Hunter is a Strength and conditioning specialist who has spent the last 10 years working within the Special Operations community. Prior to this he was a collegiate strength and conditioning coach for 7 years at the University of Virginia and the University of Wyoming. He holds both a Bachelors and Masters degrees exercise physiology. He is a former collegiate thrower in track and field and has most recently transitioned to competing as a weightlifter at the national level.
Hunter is also the Founder and head coach of The Performance Syndicate which is a resource for strength and conditioning as well as providing remote programming.
He also hosts the Pots, Pints and PR's podcast alongside Nate Palin.
In this episode Hunter talks about:
- His transition from the collegiate sector in to tactical strength and conditioning.
- How he manages programming in such a diverse group and environment.
- What performance metrics he tracks.
- How he is starting to utilise technology to monitor performance.
Dr. Tunde Szivak (Merrimack College): Biomarkers of Stress and Physical Performance.
Dr. Tunde K. Szivak is an Assistant Professor of Health Sciences at Merrimack College, North Andover, Massachusetts. She earned her PhD in Kinesiology with concentration in Exercise Science from The Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio, her MA in Kinesiology from the University of Connecticut, Storrs, Connecticut, and her BS in Philosophy from the United States Military Academy (USMA), West Point, New York.
Dr. Szivak’s areas of expertise include strength and conditioning, adaptations to resistance exercise, and applied exercise physiology. Her research interests focus on applied stress physiology, tactical human performance optimization, and mental and physical resilience. Her current research efforts center on the effects of seated load carriage on physical performance and subjective measures of mood and pain. Dr. Szivak’s prior work focused on the effects of Navy Survival, Evasion, Resistance and Escape (SERE) training on physical performance and biomarkers of stress in military trainees. Her most recent publications investigate resistance training considerations for tactical personnel and health outcomes among military officers.
She currently teaches Advanced Exercise Physiology, Advanced Strength & Conditioning, and Strength & Conditioning Coaching in the Exercise and Sport Science Graduate program at Merrimack College. Dr. Szivak is a former active-duty Army officer, having earned her commission upon graduation from USMA (Class of 2003), where she was a four-year collegiate Powerlifting athlete. Her military assignments include two year-long combat tours in the Middle East (2004 and 2007) while assigned to the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), Fort Campbell, Kentucky. She currently serves in the United States Army (Reserve).
In this episode Tunde talks about:
- Her transition from the military to academia
- An overview of the mechanism behind the stress response.
- Global vs localized stress.
- The impact of fitness levels on the stress response.
- Strategies to improve stress hardiness.
Resources discussed in this episode:
You can contact Tunde directly at email@example.com or via Linkedin
Mandy Nice (NSCA): Providing a Performance Toolkit to Tactical Organisations.
Mandy Nice has over 15 years of experience developing and implementing physical fitness and wellness programs that measurably improve the strength and resilience of tactical athletes and civilians. Her science-based, results-focused approach has consistently produced positive results that have earned national-level awards for measurably improving employee health, fitness, and quality-of-life. Mandy actively serves as a guest speaker at state, national and international law enforcement conferences to help share scalable best practices for sustainable success. To further support agencies, Mandy also serves as the Tactical Program Manager of the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA). She is responsible for fully equipping members of law enforcement and fire/rescue with the essential research, training, tools, and resources to establish safe tactical athletic programs that optimize job readiness while reducing injury risk. Mandy’s greatest motivator is helping members of law enforcement and fire/rescue optimize their fitness and health so that they can enjoy strong, rewarding careers and long, healthy retirements.
In this episode Mandy talks about:
- Her early work in tactical populations.
- Her transition from practitioner to programme manager with the NSCA.
- How the NSCA has developed a free performance toolkit to help support tactical organisations.
Johnny Owens (Owens Recovery Science): Blood Flow Restriction Training
Johnny Owens BS, MPT is CEO and Director of Clinical Education for Owens Recovery Science, a corporation recognized in the INC 500. He manages a research portfolio of over 40 clinical trials being conducted worldwide primarily studying the effects of Blood Flow Restriction Rehabilitation in clinical populations.
He is the former Chief of Human Performance Optimization at the Center for the Intrepid (CFI) at San Antonio Military Medical Center and continues to serve as a consultant and clinical researcher at the CFI.
He completed his undergraduate course work in Biology at The University of Texas at Austin and earned his Masters in Physical Therapy at The University of Texas Medical Branch. He serves as a medical consultant for teams in the NFL, NBA, MLB, NHL and collegiate sports. He is involved in numerous clinical trials involving regenerative medicine, sports medicine, blood flow restriction and high-energy trauma. Owens has been published extensively in the peer-reviewed literature, regularly speaks at the national and international level and his work has been featured on 60 Minutes, Time Magazine, NPR, Discovery Channel and ESPN.
In this episode Johnny talks about:
- His pathway in to Physical Therapy.
- His work at the Centre for the Intrepid.
- Where his interest in Blood flow restriction came from.
- The common mistakes when utilising BFR.
- The correct protocols to maximise BFR.
Jason Mitchler (Talem Te): Special Forces to Physiotherapy.
Jason Mitchler works full time as the Director of Operations at the William J. Hybl Sport Medicine and Performance Center. He also works as an injury prevention specialist for various fire departments throughout the country and is an Instructor at the University of Colorado Colorado Springs. Jason retired from active duty in 2019 and served the majority of his Army career in operational units. His enlisted career began as an infantryman and later as a Special Forces Medic with the 3rd Special Forces Group (Airborne) while completing two tours to Afghanistan. After being commissioned as a physical therapist he was the lead during the implementation of the USASOC THOR3 program at 10th Special Forces Group (Airborne). During this time he oversaw the development of a comprehensive performance and rehabilitation program at Ft. Carson, CO. Following this assignment he was selected to be the Chief of the Physical Therapy at the Pentagon. His most recent deployment was as the sole physical therapist for the Special Operations Task Force- Afghanistan (SOTF-A) serving both American and coalition forces.
He is a graduate of the University of Northern Colorado with a BA in Kinesiology and the Army-Baylor program with a Doctorate in Physical Therapy. He is an Orthopaedic Certified Specialist (OCS) and Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS).
Jason lives in Colorado Springs, CO. He is an assistant high school wrestling coach and holds a purple belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. In his free time he is an active cyclist, runner, and skier.
In this episode Jason talks about:
- His time in special forces as an 18D.
- Making the move to physical therapy.
- His role in the THOR3 programme.
- Working at the pentagon as the chief of physical therapy.
Physical Therapy - The manual therapist
S&C - NSCA TSAC Report
You can contact Jason on social media via Instagram
Dr. Neil Welch (Sports Surgery Clinic): Dealing With Lower Back Pain.
Neil Welch is a strength and conditioning coach who has been working at the Sports Surgery Clinic (Dublin, Ireland) for nearly 8 years. His current role is Head of SSC Lab where he looks after and develops SSC testing services across all injuries and our strength and conditioning delivery. In 2019 he completed his PhD with the Clinic on the role of strength, explosive strength, reactive strength and change of direction on rehabilitation and performance.
In the episode Neil talks about:
- His choice to move in to rehabilitation and working with Sports Surgery Clinic.
- The common misconceptions of lower back pain.
- The contributing factors to lower back pain.
- Links between strength/power and lower back pain.
Jonathan Pope and Craig Weller (Building The Elite): Preparing for SOF selection.
Jonathan and Craig are the co-authors of Building the Elite, a book which details the system they’ve used for over a decade to train people for special operations selection in half a dozen countries with a success rate over 90%. They also co-own Ethos Colorado, a performance training facility based in Denver, Colorado.
Jonathan began his coaching career as a former collegiate athlete on the wrong side of six different surgeries. He learned how to develop athletes with an eye toward long-term resilience while he was in the process of rebuilding his own physical performance. He’s now a competitive BJJ grappler and a backcountry ski mountaineer.
Craig is a former US Navy SWCC and private military contractor who learned the value of skill acquisition in stressful environments when he joined the Navy without knowing how to swim and volunteered for special operations selection.
In this episode Craig and Jonathan talk about:
- How they created building the elite.
- The common pitfalls when preparing for SOF Selection.
- The difference between training for selection and training post selection.
Giovani Urrutia (Evolve to Rise): Tactical Education
Giovani teaches and trains elite domestic and foreign military units a more strategic approach to physical preparation and rehabilitation.
With a love for all things human performance, he’s travelled worldwide to work with all manner of athletes-from inner city Chicago basketball to Olympic level sailing. Like all EXOS educators, his love and understanding of biomechanics and its relationship to psychology are leveraged to the benefit of all he has the privilege of working with. He is heavily invested in technology solutions to further the betterment of the human condition. Athletes that find themselves working with him will note his attention to detail, intensity, and infectious energy.
In this episode he talks about:
- His time in the Marine Corps.
- Where his interest in strength and conditioning came from.
- His role as a Tactical Education Specialist.
- How training and education has evolved within the Tactical community.
You can stay up to date with Giovani via social media on Instagram or check out his blog at: https://evolvetorise.home.blog/2018/09/17/susurrus-of-carthage/
Maj (Ret) Donny Bigham (One Time Powerlifting): Training the Warrior Athlete.
Donny Bigham, recently retired at the rank of Major after 27 years of Service within the US Army. Having served in every position in an Infantry Rifle Company (Enlisted and Officer) and deployed to Bosnia, Afghanistan, Kuwait, and Yemen. During this time he served as the first ever Strength and Conditioning Coach in the Uniform for the US Army. He played an instrumental role in changing the US Army Physical Fitness test after almost 40 years to the Army Combat Fitness test (ACFT) and led the effort designing the Occupational Performance Assessment Test (OPAT) for initial screening of potential recruits. Lastly, he designed the Tactical Athlete Performance Centre at Fort Jackson and re- wrote the Master Fitness Trainer curriculum to ensure all Warriors are successful in all Tactical Tasks!
Donny has served as the Director of Human Performance for the Tactical Athlete Performance Center (TAP-C) at Fort Benning, GA. The TAP-C is the first ever Performance Center that trains over 600 Soldiers daily within a Combat Battalion that was designed under MAJ Bigham’s tenure.
He also designed the Tactical Athlete Performance Assessment (TAP-A) at the Army Wellness Center to truly test baseline strength for the tactical athlete necessary to move under loads at 30% of their body weights. He was the Army Male Athlete of the Year in 2016 and 2017 NSCA TSAC-F facilitator (Strength Coach) of the Year.
He is a two-time raw world master’s powerlifting champion (2015 & 2016) with the International Powerlifting Federation (IPF, IOC) and finished 3rd place in the world in 2019. Also, he currently holds the Squat WR in the IPF and the WR Squat, Deadlift and Total in the IPL. He is a 4x national champion and a 5x member of Team USA Powerlifting.
Donny earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Physical Education from University of SC and his Masters degree in Sports Management with a concentration in Coaching Theories from American Military University. He will begin the PhD track in Human and Sport Performance at Rocky Mountain University in the Summer of 2021. Donny is currently partnering with Sorinex to Develop the Tactical Athlete APP that will ensure every person in uniform (military & 1st responders) has a daily training plan that is tiered individually to maximize the God given potential to physically and mentally dominate any task required of them!
In this episode Donny talks about:
- The challenges of changing culture.
- The logistics of building and running the Tactical Athlete Performance Centre.
- The future developments of Military performance training.
NSCA TSAC Report
Starting Strength by Mark Rippetoe.
Triphasic Training by Cal Dietz
You can also contact him via email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Nate Palin (FitOps): Tactical Fitness and Supporting Veterans.
Nate Palin is a professional strength and conditioning coach and Army veteran, serving 7 years in the 2nd Ranger Battalion. He is the Director of Education for FitOps Foundation, a non-profit organization committed to improving the physical and mental health of veterans by creating purpose and community through the power of fitness.
Nate began his coaching career in 2010 as owner of The Movement Project LLC, an entrepreneurial personal training effort, then narrowed his focus to tactical strength and conditioning as a performance specialist for EXOS in Washington, DC in 2012. Nate coached Special Operations Forces at Joint Base Lewis-McChord from 2015 to 2018 before managing the National Strength and Conditioning Association’s (NSCA) Tactical program.
Over the course of five combat deployments in support of Operations Enduring and Iraqi Freedom, and as a special operations and tactical performance expert, Nate experienced the military’s performance shortcomings firsthand, observing the need for enhanced physical training to better support mission critical tasks.
Nate believes that through Adventure, Performance, and Discomfort (getting comfortable being uncomfortable), relentless growth and learning can be fostered. Nate approaches coaching and training with an enthusiastic intensity, always willing to step outside his comfort zone and get “uncomfortable.”
As the Director of Education at FitOps Foundation, Nate’s mission is to train and equip Veterans - in and out of the classroom - to be Certified Veteran Fitness Operatives (CVFO’s). Nate’s personal experience with the fitness and human performance communities is tied tightly with his role at FitOps - facilitating a continuum of coaching opportunities for veterans seeking renewed purpose.
In addition to coaching and his role at FitOps Foundation, Nate is a speaker, author, rapper and father of one. He is the co-author of Preparing for the Army Combat Fitness Test for Human Kinetics and the NSCA, and is an adjunct professor for CalUPenn’s graduate program in tactical strength and conditioning.
In this episode Nate talks about:
- Why he decided to pursue a military career and specifically the Ranger Regiment.
- His thoughts on training and how he has seen the strength and conditioning field evolve.
- His role as director of education at FitOps Foundation and how they are serving and empowering veterans.
You can follow Nate on Instagram @Natepalin or contact him via email at email@example.com
To find out more about the FitOps Foundation and the work they are doing to support veterans check out their website at FitOps.org
Tyler Christiansen (USAF): Developing Human Performance
Tyler Christiansen is a veteran U.S. soldier currently employed by the U.S Air Force working as the Human Performance Director. Previously, Tyler was the Tactical Strength and Conditioning (TSAC) Program Manager at the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA). Christiansen has worked with tactical athletes in the Special Operations Forces (SOF) community, including the 7th Special Forces Group, a Special Missions Unit in the greater D.C. area, as the TSAC Coordinator at the NSCA, as an Exercise Physiologist at the Army Physical Fitness Research Institute, and as a contractor in Baghdad, Iraq. Additionally, Christiansen has worked with sport athletes at Iowa State University, Illinois State University, and the Colorado Rockies Major League Baseball (MLB) organization. He is also a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist with Distinction (CSCS,*D), a Tactical Strength and Conditioning Facilitator with Distinction (TSAC-F,*D) and a Registered Strength and Conditioning Coach with Distinctions (RSCC*D). He was recognized as the National Strength and Conditioning Association’s 2019 Tactical Strength and Conditioning Practitioner of the Year.
The view presented are those of Tyler’s and do not necessarily represent the views of the Department of Defense or any of its components
In this episode Tyler talks about:
- His role as a Tactical strength and conditioning co-ordinator and later Manager with the NSCA.
- How has training within tactical strength and conditioning has evolved over the last 12 years.
- The cultural difference between working with the USAF and Army.
- How he measures programme success.
Chief Dan Kerrigan and Captain Jim Moss (Firefighter Functional Fitness): Helping Fire Fighters Become Better.
Dan Kerrigan is the co-author of the best-selling book Firefighter Functional Fitness and Fire Chief of the Upper Providence Township Fire Department in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania. He is a 35-year fire service veteran, certified peer fitness trainer, certified group fitness instructor, advocate for firefighter health and fitness, and international presenter on the topic. He serves as an at-large director on the International Association of Fire Chiefs’ “Safety, Health, and Survival” section where he works regularly with national and international organizations on strategies to improve firefighter health and wellness. Dan is also an adjunct professor at several universities where he teaches fire service administration, leadership, strategic planning and emergency management courses at the graduate and undergraduate level.
Jim Moss is a fire captain and paramedic for the Metro West Fire Protection District in St. Louis County, Missouri. A 16-year veteran of the fire service, his passions include leadership, training, mentorship and fitness. Jim is the bestselling author of Firefighter Success: 20 C’s to Firefighter Excellence, and the co-author of Firefighter Functional Fitness: The Essential Guide to Optimal Firefighter Performance and Longevity. He is also the host of the Firefighter Success Podcast. Jim is a contributor to multiple fire service publications, including Fire Engineering Magazine and FirefighterToolbox.com. He has shared his message at FDIC International, Firehouse, the International Society of Fire Service Instructors, the National Volunteer Fire Council, International Association of Fire Chiefs, and with fire departments nationwide.
In this episode Dan and Jim talk about:
- The creation of Firefighter Functional Fitness
- How they came to write a book a the logistics involved in this.
- How they are helping to roll out health and fitness across multiple fire departments.
If you are interested in working with or speaking with Dan and Jim you can contact them via their website or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Dr. Trent Nessler (Rebound Vitality): ACL Injury and Movement Screening.
Dr. Trent Nessler is the President of Rebound Vitality, Senior Sports Medicine Contributor for SportsEdTV and the founder | developer of the ViPerform AMI™ & ViPerform AMI™ Return to Sport, ACL Play It Safe and Run Safe programs. Trent holds a bachelor’s degree in exercise physiology, a master’s in physical therapy, and a doctorate with a focus in biomechanics and motor learning.
Dr. Nessler has been a sports medicine physical therapist for 23+ years working with athletes at all levels from the pros to weekend warrior. Dr. Nessler is co-developer of a 3D movement assessment (ViPerform AMIä) that is used by 450+ pro teams, colleges and organizations, has been used to assess over 25K athletes in the US and is used in several national research projects.
Dr. Nessler is a published researcher and author of a college textbook, speaks internationally on the topic of ACLs and injury prevention and serves as a consultant for professional teams and organizations. As a sport’s physical therapist, avid weight lifter (40+ years) and competitive Brazilian Jiu Jitsu purple belt, Dr. Nessler is always looking for ways to apply the latest science to optimize outcomes and enhance athletic performance.
In this episode Trent talks about:
- What drew him to a career in physical therapy.
- His work around ACL Rehabilitation.
- The development of his Athletic Movement Index (AMI).
- His current work with Rebound Vitality and how they are serving the first responder community.
If you are interested in working with Rebound Vitality you can contact them directly at justrebound.com
Chriss Smith (Trident Mindset): Enhancing Mental Toughness.
Chriss Smith is a former Navy SEAL where he served for over a decade within the SEAL Teams and other Special Operation units. Upon leaving the military, Chriss has engaged within a range of entrepreneurial ventures including his gym Trident Athletics where his goal is to inspire, motivate and help people achieve confidence and long lasting health. Chriss is also the CEO and cofounder of Trident Mindset, a performance company aimed at helping people become mentally tougher and more resilient.
Chris has also keeps his competitive fires stoked by competing in some of the toughest Ultra endurance and adventure races on the planet, including: The Eco Challenge in Fiji, "GODZone" a 650km adventure Race in New Zealand and Primal Quest, a 465-mile 10-day adventure race.
In this episode Chriss talks about:
- His military career.
- His thoughts on mental toughness.
- Why he created Trident Mindset.
- How people can train to enhance mental toughness and some of the common faults people make.
Resources discussed in this episode:
You can contact Chriss directly at email@example.com or reach out through his website tridentmindset.com
You can also follow Chriss and get daily lessons on Mental toughness on Instagram - @tridentmindsetofficial
If you want to check out the course at Trident Mindset and get a slight discount for listening to this podcast then click HERE.
John Hofman (Southern California University): Lessons Learnt Over a Decade Helping Fire Fighters.
Coach John Hofman, MS., CSCS*D, TSAC-F*D is one of leading experts in the field of Firefighter Health and Wellness and currently serves as the Director of Tactical Strength & Conditioning Specialist for Southern California University Health Systems. Prior to going SCU, Coach Hofman spent 10 years as the strength and conditioning coach for the Sacramento Fire Department, where he oversaw the Wellness Centre, coordinated the department’s medical and fitness assessments, developed recruit fitness training, pre-employment medical and fitness evaluations and assisted with the department’s 20-certified Peer Fitness Trainers.
In addition, Coach Hofman was the 2018 recipient of the National Strength and Conditioning Association TSAC Practitioner of the year Award. This award is given to a TSAC educator and practitioner who has made noteworthy contribution to the teaching and practical application in the field of tactical strength training and conditioning.
In this episode John talks about:
- How his career started working with firefighters.
- Some of the biggest challenges he faced in the early part of his career.
- How his programme and his own philosophy changed over the 10 years he worked with the Sacramento Fire Department.
- His new role working Southern California University.
Resources discussed in this episode:
You can contact John directly via Email at firstname.lastname@example.org or the SCU website at https://scuhealth.org/services/tactical-sports-medicine
Megan Lautz, RD and Maureen Stoecklein, RD (Wellness Professionals in Fire and Rescue): Nutrition For Fire Fighters.
Megan Lautz is a Registered Dietitian and Personal Trainer with a Masters in Sports Nutrition. While a civilian, Megan has strived to understand the challenges firefighters face when trying to stay healthy. She has trained for and passed CPAT, completed a 24 hour ride-along, and is involved in fire recruit training and nutrition. Megan also provides healthy dinner demonstrations, nutrition roundtables, workouts, and mobility sessions to career firefighters out in the field. Megan’s mission is to help firefighters perform better, recover faster, and live longer.
Maureen has served as a registered dietitian for over 25 years and a full-time firefighter/paramedic for 20 years. While serving as a firefighter, she is the Director of Nutrition at Barwis Methods Training Facility in Plymouth MI, and served three seasons as Team Dietitian for the New York Mets baseball organization. An accomplished athlete, Maureen understands the importance of solid nutrition for optimum performance. She was selected as one of four women in the United States to represent Brawny Paper towels Strength Has No Gender Campaign and was featured in Crain’s Business Magazine. Maureen’s passion for nutrition and fitness and the many athletes, coaches, mentors and colleagues she has met along the way inspire her to share her love of healthy food and insights to help other succeed!
In this episode Megan and Maureen talk about:
- An overview of their roles as dieticians within a fire department.
- Their individual philosophies around nutrition.
- The biggest health challenges faced by firefighters.
- The impact they have made in their individual departments.
- How they see the role of dieticians in fire departments developing over the next 5-10 years.
Angie Asche - @EleatNutrition on both Instagram and Facebook
You can contact Megan via email at Megan.Lautz@gmail.com if interested in nutrition consulting or check her out on Facebook and Instagram @Rescue.RD
You can follow Maureen on Instagram: @MaureenStoeckleinRD or via Facebook: Maureen Stoecklein RD
James Cruickshank (SPEAR Physiotherapy): Common Running Injuries.
James is a performance physiotherapist working in private practice with recreational and elite athletes in a wide range of sports.
He has over 13 years of experience, initially working in the NHS in a rotational post whilst spending the later years in seconded musculoskeletal positions. For the last 7 years he has worked at SPEAR – private sports specialist physiotherapy department looking after Scottish Institute supported athletes as part of a multi-disciplinary team.
In 2014 James had the opportunity support Tuvalu in the role of lead physiotherapist during the Glasgow Commonwealth Games and supported Scottish squads in the preparation to both the 2014 Glasgow games and 2018 Gold Coast Games.
In this episode James talks about:
- Why he pursued a career in Physiotherapy.
- His interest in running related injuries.
- The most common running injures and how these vary by athlete experience level.
- The mechanisms behind injuries and how they typically present.
- Advice on how to manage minor injuries and return to running.
Resources discussed in this episode:
If you are interested in picking up any of the courses James has created you can do so at payhip.com/physiorun
Dr. Filip Kukic (Abu Dhabi Police): Research and Body Composition in Police Officers.
Dr Filip Kukic started out his athletic career in sprint kayak where he competed from age 9 until 16 when he transferred to competitive rowing for 2 years before making a return to sprint kayak. He competed internationally in both sports representing the Serbian National team.
To enhance his understanding of physical performance, Filip completed both his Bachelor and Master degrees within the Faculty of Sport and Physical Education, Belgrade, Serbia. During his time here he served as a student assistant in the department of biomechanics.
In 2014, he was presented with an opportunity to work for the Abu Dhabi Police department as physical fitness instructor. Over the last 7 years Filip has achieved several milestones including developing the physical fitness standards for the annual fitness assessment of Abu Dhabi police. Alongside colleagues, he developed the physical fitness research branch within his testing section. This also included the development and implementation of 8 weight loss courses for police officers. Recently he developed a trainers course to provide secondary education to officers who wanted to become physical fitness facilitators and instructors.
As well as being a practitioner, Filip has worked extensively to implement research in to his department which included him completing his PhD. This has led to him publishing several papers on officer performance and body composition alongside building collaborative links with researchers within Australia, Canada and the United States.
In this episode Filip talks about:
- What prompted him to focus his research within tactical populations.
- His current role within Abu Dhabi Police force.
- His research in to body composition and its impact upon officer performance.
Resources discussed in this episode:
https://complementarytraining.net/ - Mladen Jovanovic
You can also stay up to date with Filip's research via his Research Gate profile.
LT. Chris Marella (4th Shift Fitness): Submaximal Training and Incentive Based Fitness in The Fire Service.
Lieutenant Chris Marella's career in the fire service began in 2003 as a part time/ paid on call firefighter EMT-B for a combination department in the western suburbs of Chicago. Over the next 5 years Chris completed his paramedic certification and worked in several departments as a paid on call, contract paramedic and full time firefighter. In 2008 Chris moved to his current fire department in the suburbs of Chicago working alongside 138 fire personnel across 7 stations to serve a a community of 130 thousand residents.
Growing up Chris was a multi sport athlete with a main focus on hockey. This passion for sport and fitness led to Chris achieving his NSCA CPT qualification in 2012. Chris is the owner of 4th Shift Fitness, a company he started to positively impact the fire service through education and training via in station and hands on seminars. His goal is to reach as many departments and individuals as possible to inspire, educate or coach through their fitness journey.
Chris also helps to serve the firefighter community through Devote December and Spring 4 Change which he created with Annette Zapp of FireSQFitness to shine a spotlight and provide support for firefighter and dispatcher suicides.
In this episode Chris talks about:
- Setting up an incentive based fitness programme.
- His thoughts on submaximal training and how it can help firefighters sustain performance throughout a long career.
- His work as part of Devote December and Spring for Change which bring awareness to firefighter and dispatcher suicides as well as providing information and tools for those in need.
Resources discussed in this episode:
stay up to date with Chris via his website or on social media at @4thshiftfitness on both Instagram and Facebook. You can also contact him via email him at email@example.com or listen to his podcast at Tailboard Talk a 4th Shift Fitcast
Dr. Daniel B. Bornstein (The Citadel): Physical Activity is a National Security Issue.
Dr. Daniel B. Bornstein is the Founding Director of the Center for Performance, Readiness, Resiliency, and Recovery (CPR3) and is an Associate Professor in the Department of Health and Human Performance at The Citadel, The Military College of South Carolina. Dan’s Ph.D. and current research agenda is on effective strategies for increasing population-levels of physical activity in order to improve fitness, health and national security.
Dan has published extensively in leading peer-reviewed scientific journals and presents regularly at national and international scientific conferences. Dan’s research has been featured in over 130 media outlets worldwide, including USA Today, Newsweek, Stars and Stripes, and National Public Radio. Based on his research, Dan has provided numerous briefings to senior military personnel and lawmakers, including briefings at The Pentagon and on Capitol Hill.
In addition to his research, Dan has held national leadership positions including: Project Coordinator for the U.S. National Physical Activity Plan from 2009-2014, Chair of the American Public Health Association’s Physical Activity Section from 2015-2016, and is currently Chairing the Expert Advisory Panel to develop a Military Sector for the U.S. National Physical Activity Plan.
With a few drinks in him, Dan will tell you he was a great sport and tactical athlete, but don’t believe him. However, he did play soccer and lacrosse competitively, was a champion bodybuilder, and spent 8 years in the fire service. Dan is married to the love of his life, Meghan. Together they have two children Mia (12) and Jake (11).
In this episode Dan talks about:
- His move from practitioner to academia.
- The development of the Centre for Performance, Readiness, Resiliency and Recovery (CPR3).
- His current research projects.
- The academic programmes in tactical performance and resiliency offered by The Citadel.
Resources discussed in this episode:
If you want to find out more about the Centre for Performance, Readiness, Resiliency and Recovery (CPR3) at https://www.citadel.edu/root/cpr3
Dr. Rob Orr (Tactical Research Unit): The Impact of Load Carriage.
Dr Rob Orr joined the Australian Army in 1989 as an infantry soldier before transferring to the Australian Defence Force Physical Training Instructor (PTI) stream. Serving for 10 years in this stream, Rob designed, developed, instructed and audited physical training programs and physical education and rehabilitation courses for military personnel and fellow PTIs from both Australian and foreign defence forces. Rob subsequently transferred to the physiotherapy stream where his role included the clinical rehabilitation of defence members and project management of physical conditioning optimisation reviews. Serving as the Human Performance Officer for Special Operations before joining the team at Bond University in 2012, Rob continues to serve in the Army Reserve as a Human Performance Officer and as a sessional lecturer and consultant. Rob is the director of Bond University’s Tactical Research Unit, a unit with international collaborations designed to provide research, consultancy and education services to tactical professions around the globe.
Dr Orr’s fields of research, consultancy, and education provision spans physical conditioning, reconditioning, rehabilitation and injury prevention for military, law enforcement and protective services across their occupational lifespan (initial trainee to specialist). Generally focussing on the tactical population, Rob is actively involved in research with the Australian and foreign defence forces, an extensive list of law enforcement departments (both national and international), and firefighters / first responders.
Dr Orr has served on the organising committee for the 4th and 5th International Congress on Soldiers’ Physical Performance and on the scientific committees for the occupational branch of the Australian Physiotherapy Association Conference and World Physiotherapy Congress. Dr Orr is also Chair of the organising committee for the 4th Physical Employment Standards Conference to be held in 2022 at Bond University, Australia. With over 150 peer reviewed publications, 30 Technical Reports and 200 Conference presentations, Rob has presented his work both nationally and internationally and has been invited to present several keynote presentations at internationally renowned research facilities and congresses. Winning awards for research outcomes, publications and teaching, Rob recently won Bond University’s prestigious Vice Chancellor’s Award for Research Excellence in 2020.
In this episode Rob talks about:
- What are the demands of load carriage.
- The impact upon tactical personnel from an injury and performance standpoint.
- What’s next? Where is the research going?
- The common faults people commit when training for load carriage.
- His recommendations for appropriate training around load carriage.
- Some of the other research projects he and the team at the Tactical Research Unit are undertaking.
Andy Hall (Robert Gordon University): High Intensity Interval Training.
Andy has worked in both Further and Higher education for the last 8 years within the areas of Fitness, Health and Exercise, Sport and Exercise Science and Sport Coaching. He was previously the programme leader for both HNC and HND levels for a Fitness, Health and Exercise course at College, and has recently been appointed as the Course Lead on the BSc(hons) Sport Coaching programme at Robert Gordon University.
He possess prior experience playing rugby for the Scottish Rugby Union (U-18 level), have undertaken an internship in Strength and Conditioning in line with UKSCA accreditation, and have performed various roles as a Sport and Exercise Scientist, Sports Nutritionist, and Teaching Fellow for an array of sports, clubs and academic institutions.
He holds a 1st Class BSc(hons) in Strength and Conditioning, a Masters by Research with a focus on the effects of High Intensity Interval Training, a Post Graduate Certificate in Education, and have recently completed my PhD viva within the areas of Sprint Interval Training and Physical Performance. His research interests include sprint interval training, high intensity interval training, autoregulation, exercise performance and areas of health physiology.
In this episode Andy talks about:
- The history of high intensity interval training (HIIT).
- The health and performance benefits of HIIT.
- The common faults people make when implementing HIIT.
- His recommendations for programming HIIT training within Military and first responders.
You can contact Andy directly either through Email: firstname.lastname@example.org or on social media at:
Linkedin: Andy Hall
ResearchGate: Andy Hall
Ari Knazan and Jason Rebsch (Invictus LEO): Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and Law Enforcement.
Ari Knazan and Jason Rebsch founded Invictus in an effort to educate police officers and departments on the importance of Jiu Jitsu for law enforcement personnel. Ari Knazan has over 30 years experience in the martial arts and is a 1st degree black belt under Keith Owen (Brazilian Jiu Jitsu) and a 5th degree Black Belt under Steve Hiscoe (Japanese Jiu Jitsu), both which Ari credits to saving his life on a number of occasions. In addition to being a proud member of his city’s police force, he also operates a full time Jiu Jitsu academy and several online businesses which all revolve around personal safety, combative training and tactical awareness. Ari also is the host of Torvus Podcast, which aims at exploring the lighter side of life and runs Chaos Tactica: watches and BJJ rings
Jason Rebsch Has 24 years combined police experience and is a Black Belt and Instructor under Brian Marvin of Renzo Gracie Houston. Currently is assigned to the Criminal Investigation Division of his Department and has previously served as Patrol Sergeant and SRT Team Leader among other positions. Jason is also responsible for teaching Patrol, Active Shooter and Defensive Tactics at his agency. Jason has trained Jiu Jitsu for nearly 12 years and has competed at all levels. Jason is also the creator of @BJJCop whose goal is to encourage Police Officers to begin training Jiu Jitsu by demonstrating the effectiveness of Jiu Jitsu in Law Enforcement.
In this episode Ari and Jason talk about:
- Their choices to follow a career in Law Enforcement.
- Their journey in to BJJ.
- Real world examples of how BJJ is effective in Law Enforcement.
- Why they created Invictus.
- Recommendations and things to consider when trying to implement a BJJ training programme in your department.
Chad Lyman - Code 4 concepts (Youtube Channel)
Jocko Willink - Jocko Podcast
David Goggins - website
Gary Vaynerchuk - website
You can contact Ari and Jason through the Invictus LEO website: invictusleo.com and you can email them at email@example.com
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Dr. Nick Barringer (West Point Military Academy): Nutritional Research in the Military.
LT Colonel Nick Barringer is an expert on nutrition and performance for the tactical athlete. Nick currently researches and serves as an assistant professor at the United States Military Academy. Previously while working at the United States Army Research Institute of Environmental Medicine he researched Warfighter nutritional requirements in differing environments to include deployed Special Operators. Prior to that, he taught performance nutrition at the Army-Baylor Graduate Program in Nutrition. Nick served in the 75th Ranger Regiment as a member of the Ranger Athlete Warrior (RAW) program where he oversaw the nutrition and aspects of the physical training of Rangers.
Nick received his undergraduate degree in dietetics from the University of Georgia and his doctorate in kinesiology from Texas A&M. Nick is passionate about improving nutrition and performance in tactical athletes and has the unique perspective of a researcher, teacher, and practitioner having deployed to both Iraq and Afghanistan so he best understands both the academic and applied demands of the tactical athlete. Nick has presented at both national and international conferences on tactical athlete nutrition and performance and his research has appeared in multiple media outlets such as Science Daily and Men’s Journal.
In this episode Nick talks about:
- His role in the 75th Ranger Regiment as part of the Ranger Athlete Warrior Program.
- The energy demand of different training schools and the impact of calorie deficits on force production.
- His role at West Point.
- The impact of Omega 3 and Vitamin D on soldiers resiliency and mood.
- Other research projects he is currently engaged in.
Resources discussed in this episode:
Endure by Alex Hutchinson
Game Changer by Fergus Connolly
The Process by Fergus Connolly
Martin Rooney - Training for warriors
Jeff Martone - Tactical Athlete
Dr. John Berardi - Precision Nutrition
Prof. Stuart Philips - Twitter
Dr. Lee Margolis - Researchgate
You can stay up to date with Nick and his work via social media where he is Nick Barringer PhD, RDN on Facebook and @nickbarringer.phd.rdn on Instagram and you can also email him direct at firstname.lastname@example.org
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Joseph Warwick (Ceteris Paribus Performance): Training Practices within British Fire Fighters.
Joe Warwick is an experienced Strength and Conditioning coach having previously worked in the Academy system at London Wasps before being appointed as the Head of Strength and Conditioning/performance manager for Chelsea FC Women's team. Looking for a new challenge Joe transitioned in to a career as a firefighter with the London Fire Brigade.
In addition to working as a fulltime firefighter Joe is also a student at University College London where he is undertaking a MSc Sport, Health and Exercise Medicine, Where he is engaged in key research within first responder organisations.
In this episode Joe talks about:
- His experience of moving from performance sport in to the London Fire Brigade.
- His thoughts on the physical demands placed on firefighters and how to train for this.
- The current training practices within British firefighters.
- His key advice to managing training for anyone involved within the British fire service.
Resources discussed in this episode:
Fitr woman - https://www.fitrwoman.com/
Fitr coach - https://www.fitrwoman.com/coach
You can stay up to date with Joe and his work via his website at: www.cpperformance-uk.co.uk or via social media where he is @CPPerformUK – on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter or via LinkedIn: Joseph Warwick
Wendy Lund, RN, MSc. (Wellth Management): Mindfulness in First Responders.
With over 3 decades of experience as a professor of health sciences, Wendy Lund understands the physiology and pathophysiology of ease and disease. She became concerned over the educational gap that existed in preparing first responders to engage with trauma and tragedy and the growing number of deaths by suicides in vulnerable populations. Motivated to fill this gap, Wendy went back to school in her early 50's.
Her graduation in 2017 from the University of Aberdeen makes her one of very few globally with a MSc in mindfulness studies. Her research built a case for why proactive strategies matter in training and sustaining a resilient mind. Grateful for her career in academia, she retired early to provide others with an understanding of how to create and cause your mental health, not simply avoid disease.
She founded Wellth Management to fill a gap and inspire individuals and organisations to redefine wealth using evidence-based theory and strategies to create wellness and build stress tolerance.
In this episode Wendy talks about:
- Her definition of mindfulness.
- Her decision to return to education to pursue a MSc in mindfulness studies.
- Why mindfulness and being present is important for first responders.
- Steps to implement mindfulness in to daily practice.
- The creation of her company Wellth Management and her free resource: Reach for Resiliency.
Resources discussed in this episode:
You can stay up to date with Wendy and her work via her website at: www.wellthmanagement.ca or via social media on Twitter: @WorkWithHeartWM and @WLund100 or via LinkedIn: Wellthmanagement